Coffee Cake with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

I must admit, I'm a latecomer to the coffee cake party. I used to poo-poo it thinking it was for the geriatric bridge club afternoons, until I tried it again recently with cream cheese frosting. I freakin' loved it. I wonder if this is a coming-of-age thing and I am now a fully fledged adult that can't play bridge to save my life despite my dad being Kuwait's bridge champion (true story...and sadly not something that's been passed on down the gene pool). The only thing that I would be winning with at bridge club would be this insane-good coffee cake with coffee cream cheese buttercream and walnuts.

Best Coffee Cake with coffee cream cheese frosting recipe


The coffee in this tall layer cake is subtle yet very present and really balances out the sweetness of the sponge. And the coffee cream cheese frosting...oh the coffee cream cheese frosting...I have to physically restrain myself from just spooning it straight into my cake-hole. It's got a delightful tang and is of perfect piping consistency giving the cake an effortlessly fancy look. The walnuts are nice as they are a classic pairing with coffee cake, adding to the texture and aesthetics of the cake but they aren't essential if you wanted to omit nuts.

Coffee Sponge Layer Cake Recipe


380g caster sugar

120ml oil (vegetable or sunflower)

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

120ml yoghurt

350g flour

3 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

285ml milk

3 tablespoons instant coffee granules

1 tablespoon boiling water

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - ingredients

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celcius and prepare three 6 inch round cake tins by greasing and a light dusting of flour. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, oil and sugar until light.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - mix eggs, oil, sugar

2. Tip in the yoghurt and whisk till well mixed.

3. Dissolve the instant coffee granules in the tablespoon of water and stir into the milk with the vanilla extract.

4. Sift half the flour, baking powder, and salt into the large mixing bowl with the egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour in half the milk mix and repeat with the remaining dry ingredients and milk to make a lump-free batter. The batter will be quite runny due to the high ratio of liquid ingredients.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - cake sponge batter

5. Divide the batter into three 6 inch round cake tins and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - cake batter in tins

6. Once baked, bring the cake tins out to cool in their tins for 10 minutes before releasing onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - baking sponges
Best Coffee Cake Recipe - baked sponge layers

7. Once cooled, use a cake leveller or a bread knife to tort. You can leave the sponges as three deep layers or if you'd like to make a mile-high layer cake then split each layer into two even layers (using a cake leveller is best for this).

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - torting sponge layers

Coffee Cream Cheese Buttercream


125g butter, room temperature

300g icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

80g cream cheese

1. In a stand mixer with whisk attachment whip the butter till light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and coffee granules and beat till smooth.

2. Slowly tip in the sifted icing sugar to create a light and fluffy buttercream.

3. Add in the cream cheese and whip till combined.

Decorating the Coffee Layer Cake


Walnuts, halved and chopped

1. Place an 8 inch cake board on a decorating turntable and smear a dollop of the buttercream in the middle using a cranked spatula. Place a layer of sponge over it and affix to the board.

2. Spread two heaped tablespoons of buttercream onto the coffee cake sponge layer and smooth until the edges. Sandwich with another layer of sponge and repeat till all sponges are sandwiched. It is easier to layer sponges if they are chilled in the fridge and a bit firm.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - layer cake and buttercream
Best Coffee Cake Recipe - naked cake with coffee cream cheese frosting

3. Add a crumb coat of the coffee cream cheese buttercream around the sides of the cake using the angled spatula and scrape smooth using the edge of the spatula or a cake scraper. Chill in the fridge to set for 5-10 minutes.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - coffee cream cheese frosting

4. Smooth another layer of frosting over the crumb-coat and fill a piping bag fitted with your nozzle of choice with the remaining buttercream. Pipe dollops on top of the cake.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe - with coffee cream cheese buttercream

5. You can add halved walnuts to decorate the top and crushed walnuts along the base of the cake.

Best Coffee Layer Cake Recipe - walnuts

Ta-daaa! Just look at those lovely layer-upon-layer levels of deliciousness! I hope you love this cake, actually I know you will. Even if you hate coffee cake you may change your mind like me when it's paired with the delicious coffee cream cheese frosting. If you make this cake do share your thoughts in the comments and tag me on your instagram photos @angesdesucre #angesdesucre - I love seeing your cakes!

Best Coffee and walnut layer Cake Recipe

This coffee cake is legit one of my favourite adulting discoveries. I finally feel like a grown up. Still suck at bridge though.

Best Coffee Cake Recipe

Lots of love,

Reshmi xoxo

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2 Responses



May 09, 2020

Thank you so much I can’t wait to start baking😀



November 17, 2018

Is the oven temp for conventional or fan oven? Thanks

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